at·​tract | \ ə-ˈtrakt How to pronounce attract (audio) \
attracted; attracting; attracts

Definition of attract

transitive verb

: to cause to approach or adhere: such as
a : to pull to or draw toward oneself or itself A magnet attracts iron.
b : to draw by appeal to natural or excited interest, emotion, or aesthetic sense : entice attract attention The museum attracts visitors.

intransitive verb

: to exercise attraction Opposites attract.

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attractor \ ə-​ˈtrak-​tər How to pronounce attractor (audio) \ noun

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attract, allure, charm, captivate, fascinate, enchant mean to draw another by exerting a powerful influence. attract applies to any degree or kind of ability to exert influence over another. students attracted by the school's locale allure implies an enticing by what is fair, pleasing, or seductive. an alluring smile charm implies the power of casting a spell over the person or thing affected and so compelling a response charmed by their hospitality , but it may, like captivate, suggest no more than evoking delight or admiration. her performances captivated audiences fascinate suggests a magical influence and tends to stress the ineffectiveness of attempts to resist. a story that continues to fascinate children enchant is perhaps the strongest of these terms in stressing the appeal of the agent and the degree of delight evoked in the subject. hopelessly enchanted by her beauty

Examples of attract in a Sentence

The company has a difficult time attracting good employees because of its poor pay and benefits. The chance to travel around the world attracted me to a career as a flight attendant. The museum attracts visitors from all over the world. The scent will attract certain insects. Certain insects are attracted by the scent. Her bright blue eyes attracted me. The bird's colorful feathers are used to attract a mate.
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Recent Examples on the Web Investors are betting faster connection of 5G will spur new demand for the smartphone and attract customers who have held off on upgrading. Derek Hall, WSJ, "Starbucks, Johnson & Johnson, Twitter: Stocks That Defined the Week," 16 Oct. 2020 But introducing a law that could apply retroactively would be highly unusual in the U.K. and risks undermining investor confidence at a time when the government wants to boost trade and attract foreign partners after Brexit. Alex Morales,, "U.K. Plans New Law to Undo Foreign Deals on Security Grounds," 13 Oct. 2020 These are public spaces that serve as a backyard to our residents and attract new visitors. Dallas News, "Parks for Downtown Dallas aims for 14 acres of new Dallas parks," 13 Oct. 2020 And Trent is helping attract more than just scouts to the once-also ran program. Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, "Eastpointe football had to convince WR Tay'Shawn Trent to stay; he's now a top 2022 recruit," 11 Oct. 2020 Park officials have said that nice-weather Saturdays in the fall attract the biggest crowds of the year. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Cedar Point hits capacity limit for first time in pandemic-shortened season," 10 Oct. 2020 The tributes have continued to grow and attract a steady stream of visitors day and night. Beth Harris,, "Memorials grow in Eddie Van Halen’s adopted hometown," 10 Oct. 2020 Zahn used her tenure at Indianapolis Downtown Inc., experience in real estate and marketing, and vision to help the city attract major conventions and events such as the 2012 Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, "Downtown Indy founder remembered for love of people and Indianapolis," 9 Oct. 2020 Kline said the influx of people a prison will attract will mean more crime. Mike Cason |, al, "Brierfield residents oppose Alabama prison plan that caught them by surprise," 9 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of attract

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for attract

Middle English, from Latin attractus, past participle of attrahere, from ad- + trahere to pull, draw

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The first known use of attract was in the 15th century

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21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Attract.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of attract

: to cause (someone) to choose to do or be involved in something
: to cause (someone) to like or be interested in something
: to cause (someone or something) to go to or move to or toward a place


at·​tract | \ ə-ˈtrakt How to pronounce attract (audio) \
attracted; attracting

Kids Definition of attract

1 : to draw by appealing to interest or feeling I guess we must've been talking pretty loud, because…we attracted a crowd. — Jeff Kinney, Wimpy Kid
2 : to draw to or toward something else A magnet attracts iron.

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